Harland, formerly of West View, Pegswood, has 133 previous convictions - including for assaulting his mother by holding a knife to her throat when she would not make him a sandwich.
He pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and was jailed for seven years, with an extended licence period of a further three years.
But after that
, he'll be perfectly safe to let out? Again
Tony Cornberg, defending, said Harland had anxiety, depression, a problem with alcohol misuse and that it was a "pressure cooker situation" between him and his mum.
The lawyer noted her mental health difficulties and claimed there "something similar to provocation" had gone on.
I wish I believed in Hell, so I could imagine there's a special place in it for people who make a living defending someone like this by blaming the victim...
And you think refusing to make a sandwich isn't provocation enough? Blimey, these days standing within 2 metres of someone else is provocation enough for plod to arrest you!
Mind you, you could have a defence for killing a burglar.
"M'lord, the accused discovered the deceased was within 2 metres of him, and considered that he was about to cough and infect the accused with corona virus. So he strangled him."
Other forms of provocation that should constitute a defence? Any suggestions?
Not all lawyers are like that, some are great folks with high moral principles and do a lot to help others. Some even work for nothing if they feel injustice has been done. Sadly all professions have rotten apples and when a lawyer is a rotten apple the harm that do to society is terrible.
"And you think refusing to make a sandwich isn't provocation enough? Blimey, these days standing within 2 metres of someone else is provocation enough for plod to arrest you!"
"Sadly all professions have rotten apples..."
Some have a few. Some have...well, most of the barrel, it seems.
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